First-Year Composition

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About the program

2022 award-winning FYC instructor Desirée Thorpe
2022 award-winning FYC instructor Desirée Thorpe

The First-Year Composition (FYC) Program at Texas Woman’s University is a unit within the Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies (LCGS). The program offers a sequence of two courses required by the Texas Common Core: ENG 1013 (Composition I) and ENG 1023 (Composition II). These classes function as a continuum of writing development for TWU students, with a high value placed on sequential coherence and collaboration among students and instructors.

In addition to its core courses, FYC at TWU sponsors professional development for instructors; produces an anthology of award-winning student writing; conducts, presents on and publishes program research; offers annual teaching awards; partners with the Center for Faculty Excellence to promote best practices for writing pedagogy; and collaborates with LCGS  to utilize, study and staff the Digital Composition Lab.

Contact us

If you have questions or comments, please email Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., at

FYC by the numbers

56% of TWU first-year students enrolled in an FYC course in Fall 2021

96 sections of FYC courses offered in academic year 2021-22

31 FYC instructors working with TWU first-year students Fall 2021

All numbers provided by FYC program data and TWU Factbook.

Page last updated 3:34 PM, September 22, 2022